Somewhere in Oregon, on this very day (whatever month it is) there most likely is some good (or even great) steelhead fishing.
In the first few months of the year, winter steelhead are running strong across western Oregon.
By early spring, wild winter steelhead are bending rods in western Oregon, this year’s summer steelhead are arriving, and last year’s fish are still biting in northeastern Oregon.
By the time the first 90-degree days arrive, summer steelhead have spread across the western valleys and are making their way up the Columbia River into Oregon’s dry central and east side.
By fall, summer steelhead can still be caught from coastal streams to the Idaho border, and a new run of winter fish will be here for the holidays.
As you can see while scrolling down this page, we have a ton of steelhead fishing information on this website. For now, follow any of the links below to learn more about Oregon’s best steelhead rivers.
After that, check out the top 10 steelhead fishing rivers ranked according to their annual harvests as reported to ODFW.
And then at the bottom of this article, we’ll link you to our simple guide with the very best ways to catch steelhead.
For additional details of select rivers in the North Coast area:
For additional details of select rivers in the Central Coast area:
For additional details of select small rivers in Northwest Zone:
- Necanicum River Fishing
- Kilchis River Fishing
- Nestucca River/Three Rivers Steelhead Fishing
- North Fork (and mainstem) Alsea River Steelhead Fishing
- Lake Creek (and Siuslaw River) Steelhead Fishing
- Klaskanine River Fishing
- Big Creek Fishing
- Gnat Creek Fishing
- Sandy River (upper) Steelhead Fishing
For additional details about summer steelhead fishing on coastal rivers in the Northwest Zone:
For additional details about winter steelhead fishing on on Oregon’s South Coast:
For additional details about summer steelhead fishing on coastal rivers in the Southwest Zone:
Portland and Willamette Valley
For additional details about specific winter steelhead fishing rivers near Portland:
For additional details about specific summer steelhead fishing rivers near Portland:
- Clackamas River Steelhead Fishing
- Columbia River Fishing
- Sandy River Fishing
- Willamette River Fishing
For additional details about specific summer steelhead fishing rivers in the Willamette Valley:
- McKenzie River Fishing
- Middle Fork Willamette River Fishing
- Santiam River Fishing
- Willamette River Fishing
Central and Eastern Oregon
For additional details about specific steelhead fishing rivers in Oregon’s Mid-Columbia River area:
Best Steelhead Fishing in Northeast Oregon (Snake River drainage)
For additional details about specific steelhead fishing rivers in Northeast Oregon:
Top 10 Steelhead Rivers
The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife collects annual catch records from salmon, steelhead and sturgeon tag data. I’ve organized it into the top 10 rivers. In a few cases below, the locations are sections of larger rivers such as the Sandy and Rogue.
|2||Umpqua River, South Fork||3,548|
|3||Nestucca River & Bay||3,396|
|4||Siletz River & Bay||3,150|
|5||Alsea River, North Fork||3,076|
(Section: Mouth to Revenue Bridge)
|7||Umpqua River & Bay||2,633|
|8||Alsea River & Bay||2,562|
(Section: Fishers Ferry Boat Ramp)
|10||Coquille River, South Fork||2,324|
Catch More Steelhead
We’re betting you’d like to learn how to catch more steelhead in all these great places, right?
Read our easy guide, Steelhead Fishing: Simple How-To Techniques and Tips.
And for a wealth of other information, try the following resources…
For month-by-month ideas of when and where steelhead and other types of fishing are best near you, see our Oregon Fishing Calendar.